The Nautique Wake Series and WWA Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) kicked off what is expected to be one of the most competitive seasons yet at the 2019 Nautique Moomba Masters International Invitational. Riding behind the 6X Wakeboard Boat of the Year, the Super Air Nautique G23, the world’s best riders stole the show in front of over 400,000 cheering fans along Melbourne, Australia’s Yarra River with unbelievable performances. Proving that this generation of riders is the most committed and progressive in the history of the sport, every single run we saw was put down to not only win but make a statement for what’s to come for the 2019 season.
Looking to lock in the first win of the season, Nautique rider Cory Teunissen (AUS) displayed confidence throughout his entire run and kicking things off in his first pass with back to back F/S 900s. Teunissen went on to complete his flawless run with a super clean H/S B/S 720 followed by a final T/S double back roll to officially seal the deal for the top podium spot. Tyler Higham (USA) brought his unique west coast style to the final round of action with wrapped spins and a variety of grabs on all of his tricks locking in a massive second place finish on the Yarra. Higham also took the Rockstar Best Trick contest with his ever-stylish switch mute F/S 900. Coming in third, Ronix rider Nic Rapa (AUS) landed three massive back to back doubles to finish off his second pass, proving that he came to fight for his spot at the top this weekend.
The Pro Women's Final was one to watch with five of the six finalists completing stand-up passes Monday afternoon. Meagan Ethell (USA) turned it up nailing a beautiful run that included a giant whirly bird, melon off axis 360, KGB, and H/S back roll for the win. Coming in second place and displaying the perfect amount of flips, spins, and amplitude off the wake of the legendary Super Air Nautique G23, Erika Lang (USA) set herself a part with one of the smoothest runs we've seen from the Nautique rider. Taking the Rockstar Best Trick award and rounding out the podium in third, Bec Gange (AUS) had the crowd screaming with her technical Indy Tantrum to Blind.
In the Jr. Women's division, Aussie girl Mackenzie McCarthy (AUS) took home a big win, landing a huge Indy back roll to start off her run and finishing out with a crowd favorite and ever classic raley in her second pass. Haylee Bowman (AUS) placed second with style on every trick followed by Elle Christensen (USA) in third giving it everything she had to round out the podium. In the Jr. Pro Men’s division Joshua Swift (AUS) displayed one of the most impressive runs we’ve seen from a Juniors division, landing multiple 720s and closing out his run with a technical B/S 540. Bryce Grey (AUS) finished a close second with incredibly clean riding followed by the stylish Yu Hamazaki (JPN) in third.
Pro Men Wakeboarding Final 1. Cory Teunissen (AUS) - 94.67 2. Tyler Higham (USA) - 92.33 3. Nic Rapa (AUS) - 87.67 4. Harley Clifford (AUS) - 83.67 5. Guenther Oka (USA) - 82.00 6. Sam Brown (AUS) - 78.33 7. Cobe France (AUS) - 58.00 8. Shota Tezuka (JAP) - 56.00
Best Trick: Tyler Higham – Switch Mute Frontside 9
Pro Women Wakeboarding Final 1. Meagan Ethell (USA) - 93.33 2. Erika Lang (USA) - 89.00 3. Rebecca Gange (AUS) - 80.00 4. Mary Morgan Howell (USA) - 65.00 5. Zahra Kell (AUS) - 59.00 6. Taylor McCullough (USA) - 56.00
Best Trick: Rebecca Gange – Indy Tantrum to Blind
Pro Men Wakeboarding LCQ (top rider in each heat advances)
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